Optimistic Bill Gates Lauds India's Resilience Ahead Of First Visit Since Pandemic

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates penned down a message saying “India gives me hope for the future” ahead of his visit to India in what will be his first time after the pandemic.

What Happened? In a fresh ‘GatesNotes' blog, the Microsoft founder said he was excited to visit India after a long pause due to the Covid-19 pandemic and see its progress.

"I can't wait to see how much progress has been made in that time…," stated Gates, asserting his “goal” to “reduce the inequities around the world.” Gates stated that the issues of world health and climate change were “inextricably linked.”

"Hotter temperatures will make poverty reduction harder by increasing food insecurity and the prevalence of infectious diseases and diverting resources away from those who need them the most," the philanthropist.

Since the nation is home to some of the biggest and most difficult health and development problems in the world, India has long been a focus of the Gates Foundation. The foundation has made significant investments in India over the years, especially in sectors like sanitation, maternal and child health, and immunisation.

He continued by saying that India, which has made outstanding progress in a number of fields, could rid itself of all these issues at once.

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Gates alludes to the fact that the Gates Foundation, alongside Indian public sector enterprises and CGIAR institutions — a global partnership that unites organizations engaged in food security research, are working on projects including threats to chickpea plants. The said parties have found a solution that makes chickpea variants drought resistant with more than 10% improved yield.

“It's about to become the world's most populous country — which means you can't solve most problems there without solving them at scale. And yet, India has proven it can tackle big challenges. The country eradicated polio, lowered HIV transmission, reduced poverty, cut infant mortality, and increased access to sanitation and financial services,” writes an optimistic Gates.

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